early 19th c
Residential building complex on the Spianada, which was begun under the French empire and forms the main testimony to the French presence on Corfu. The rhythmical repetition of features on the main facade, especially the elegant arcade, reflects the monumental concept of urban design of the Napoleonic period in straight, identical layouts like that of the Rue des Rivoli. The ground floor was from the first given over to recreation rooms. The design and to some extent the supervision of the construction were by the Corfiot military engineer Ioannis Parmesan.